Anytime an Icelandic band comes to Boston, I do everything I can to be there. As it so happens, the Ásgeir gig this last Friday coincided with my new purchase of a much faster camera lens. So, I was able to practice and catch a great gig, two birds…one stone kind of thing and the like. You can click any of these pics to see the actual photos on my Flickr account.
The gig was at Great Scott, a bar in Allston famous for hosting acts rather late in the night. FM Belfast played there last year also to a sold out crowd. It’s a simple set up, but the sound is typically good, and the beer and vodka rather cheap.
Connor Youngblood opened for the band. He’s a youngin’ out of Dallas Texas often seen on stage with multiple instruments strapped around him. His pedal boards were impressive, and so was his ability to shift between the sounds and loops he created during his songs. There is very little out there on him, but I did find this interview, and his website. (which could use an about me section.)
Ásgeir and his band of motley fools were next. Filling the tiny stage to it’s capacity and beginning the soothing songs he’s famous for. We luckily got to hear a few songs in Icelandic, and he did a very smooth, high pitched version of Heartshaped box a little more than halfway through his set. The girls, and a few guys, were swooning and it made taking photos nearly impossible as the crowd was all but sitting in the band’s lap on the stage.
I have to say that I loved his drummer, and even though the lighting wasn’t very good and he was in the dark a lit of the time, it was fun to watch him play.
I still have quite a bit of practice to get the hang of the new lens, there were noise issues, and a prime lens takes some getting used to. But the concert was great, and good times were had. So, thank you to Ásgeir‘s management for the opportunity to snap some shots, and thanks to Ásgeir and Connor Youngblood for a great gig.
It was a fantastic Iceland music snack before ATP Iceland, which is less than a month away. But that’ll be an entirely different post.